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Friday, April 23, 2010

Finally Certified: Deschutes Brewery

Back at the start of the Honest Pint Project, when I was feeling embarrassed about how half-assed the whole thing was (probably following the Wall Street Journal article), I decided to make an official logo. I sent out a call for photos of a full, honest pint glass, and got back that lovely, beaded Black Butte Porter you see in the finished version--straight from Deschutes. They subsequently changed their glassware, going from generic imperials to their current embossed Rastal glasses, which sport the gold standard of honest pint transparency, an etched line so the customer can see if she's getting short-poured or not (see out-of-focus photo at the end of the post). All of which is to say that the fact that I hadn't officially certified the brewery is worse than a venial sin. Surely a mortal. Ah, but this is a forgiving business, and after a pint of cleansing pilsner, I believe I'm in the clear. And now Deschutes Brewery--both Portland and Bend pubs--are officially certified.

Deschutes Brewery
Certified Purveyor of an Honest Pint
1044 Bond Street
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-9242

Deschutes Portland Pub
210 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 296-4906

I don't think anyone in the world needs my encouragement to visit the brewery. Like Widmer, Deschutes always has a few pub-only specials, and at least one is usually exceptional. The beer in the certification photo is a pilsner, 5.5%, 37 IBUs, lovely hop character and a totally delightful beer. I regret we don't have more freshly-brewed pilsners on tap around Beervana. They also are pouring their new CDA as well as a silky cream ale. Plus, of course, a couple cask taps, which is reason enough to go.

Once again, thanks much for the photo guys, and sorry it took so long to get you certified. Cheers!



  1. What was your opinion on the CDA?

  2. I'm the wrong guy to ask. I just hate that style (sorry, Abe!). The roast and hops wage war in my mouth. It has a great aroma and both the roast and hop notes seem to dance as well as they can, but I'll leave it to the fans of the style to render judgment.

    The cream ale is worth seeking out. Hard style to make and Deschutes' use of oats gives it some body and silkiness that are lacking in lesser (but perhaps more authentic) examples.

  3. I bought one of those Rastal embossed glasses on my last visit to Deschutes. It's now my favorite glass to pour into at home. Good work by Deschutes in moving to honest pints.

  4. Yea, but how big is their honest pint. Here at the Original Deschutes Public House (in Bend) they advertise their pints as 20 ounces, and at their prices, it ought to be. So did you measure it at 20 ounces? It looks a little shy based on your photo.